Monthly Archives: January 2013

One Layer Wednesday #124 (Doodled Up), CAS(E) This Sketch #12, Play Date Cafe #166 (Black, White, Emerald), CAS-ual Fridays #87 (Make Your Mark)

I’ve been inspired this week to look for ways of combining challenges (thanks Shirley!) and after days and days a little time came up with a four way combo …One Layer Wednesday with doodling, where Karen at Snippets is the host, CAS(E) this Sketch where there’s a fabulous sketch by Lisa,  Play Date Cafe, where the colours are black, white and just a splash of emerald and finally, CAS-ual Fridays where we’ve to use markers (and a little can go a looong way!) …

OLW124, CTS12, PDC166, CFC87


So, I masked off and used a water colour marker to sponge the green panel, stamped the sentiment and tree, and then masked off and doodled the side panel to reflect the curvy branches from the tree.  Finally, I added a smidge of Promarker in green to the tree and to the doodled border (IRL it’s a bright green … .yet even with a daylight lamp it looks grey-green in the photo .. ).

Looking forward to visiting everywhere later … hope you’re having a simply splendid week … thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Markers:  Marvy Le Plume, Promarkers,  Stamps:  Imaginisce (Image), Woodware (Sentiment),  Ink:  Stazon,  Fine Liner: American Crafts


CASology #28 (Drink)

‘Drink’ is the cue card this week at CASology … perfect for warming winter mugs of something delicious … hot chocolate, frothy coffee, steaming tea, mulled wine … and I didn’t use any of those ideas!  Instead I went for nature …


It was all done with die cuts that were coloured with Promarkers and layered up with different depths of foam dots … it looks very much more vibrant IRL and the colours and detail are more distinct, particularly on the humming bird … here’s a close up that shows it a little better …

CASology28 Close-up

With hindsight (which is of course twenty-twenty!) pr’haps I should’ve used a ‘flat’ cardbase for the photo rather than the pearl one that’s reflecting the light away from the other elements … however, the pearl looks so much better next to me here than the flat one did … it was a bit … um … flat!

I’m off to see what gorgeousness everyone else has created … thanks so much for popping in … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Southfield, Crafter’s Companion,  Die Cuts: Cricut Lyrical Letters & Jubilee Cartridges,  Colours: Promarkers,  Sentiment: Kaisercraft,  Ink: Stazon

Muse #1

Today I’m playing with a new and different challenge, created by the amazingly talented Jackie Rockwell and supported by a super talented Design Team, it’s called Muse Card Club.  It’s different from others because of these simple rules:

  • Use what you have in your stash to make your card
  • Explain your interpretation of the Muse inspiration card in your post and link to Muse
  • Provide supportive comments to at least three of your fellow members’ submissions
  • Vote for one of your fellow members’ submissions that you find inspiring

The first wonderful inspiration card has been created by Guest Designer Amy Kolling

I particularly love the fresh colours on Amy’s flower, so I focused on them for my card …

               Muse1          Muse1 Close-up

I made the flower first, die cutting different sized scallopped rings from white card, from 4.5cm to 1cm, in 0.5cm increments.  These were then coloured with Promarkers and built up in layers, onto a circular base.  On the base card, I added a broad border with a semi circle cut out, fitted the flower head into it and stamped a sentiment at the bottom.   The close up shows the texture on the flower … lovely to touch!

Now I’m looking forward to having a happy time browsing round the other entries … thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visit … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  DP: Stash,  Die Cuts: Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge,  Colours: Promarkers,  Sentiment:  Kaisercraft,  Ink: Stazon


First Card CASEd

Congratulations are in order because over at MASKerade, Ardyth is celebrating her one year blogaversary … with a challenge …it’s to CASE the first card you ever blogged … what a fab and fun idea!  My blogging adventure started in September, so I don’t have too far to go back.  Happily, my first blogged card wasn’t the first card I made whilst ‘playing with paper’ (never kept a copy of it … shame!), however, if there was a copy, this is what it would look like now …

Brown Paper Bag 1

and having admitted to making it, this is what I would be wearing …

Brown Paper Bag 2

The first card I did blog though was for a weekend-long event called Cropped Event … and the challenge was to include sponging on your card.  I hadn’t done that before … so, first card of it’s type, first online card thing I’d done, and first blog post … phew!   This is the card …

Cropped Challenge 1 by Anita Raffo

I still haven’t done a lot of sponging since (just the once, a couple of weeks ago), so rather than CASing the whole card, I’ve focused on one bit … the technique of sponging.  There are so many of you that achieve the most amazing results with this technique and I’d love to get off the starting blocks with it … so this is what I did …

CASEd First Card

I clear embossed the versamark stamped image, masked where I didn’t want ink and started sponging … and kept going … and going … and going.  Is it supposed to take ages (really, ages)?  There are five different colours of yellow and orange … the lightest first, covering the whole area, the second covering about four fifths from the top, and so on … after a loooong time, I was happy with the depth of colour and that I’d managed to avoid getting ink where it shouldn’t go … so in celebration, I added a ribbon and bow!

Ardyth, if you hadn’t come up with such a great idea, I would never have thought of doing this … I’m so pleased you did ’cause now I have got off the starting blocks … thank you!

There’s a bit to do on another card I’d like to share later, so I’m off to do that … thanks so much for popping in … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Stamp/Ink: Personal Impressions/Versamark,  Sponging Ink: Marvy le Plume Watercolour Pens (scribbled onto an acrylic block), Sponging Tool:  Ranger,  Ribbon: Stash

Unscripted Sketches #194, Less is More #103 (Friends) Again

I’d like to write that this was a very quick and easy card for the challenge at Unscripted Sketches this week … but I can’t because that would be a BIG FIB.  Well, the card itself was quick and easy … getting there wasn’t … and I have a large pile of waste paper to prove it!  It’s possible that everything I tried came out too unCAS … eventually, going back to some of the ideas I had for Less is More (Friends) this week helped (which is why it’s become my second entry for this week there!).

US194, LIM103a

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The base is swiss dots embossed, the image and sentiment are matted, coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with Stickles, and a bow of twine is the finishing touch.  See what I mean … quick and easy to make, just took a while getting there!  Not sure if there’s a layer too many here for perfect CAS …

BTW, this isn’t the second card I’d originally planned for LIM … that’s still around and I might still get to it … maybe!  Hope your week’s turning out to be a creative one … thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Docrafts,  Image & Sentiment: Pink Petticoat,  Colours: Promarkers,  Glitter: Stickles,  Twine: Stash,  Embossing & Folder: Cuttlebug

CAS-ual Fridays CFC86 (Long and Short), Less is More #103 (Friends) and a Grainy Photo

First of all today, big thanks to Chrissie, Mandi and Jen at Less is More, for a spot prize and shout out for Clementine, Delphinium and Esmerelda’s synchronised hula hooping routine in last week’s challenge (sport and exercise) … a super thought, yummy goodies and such a lovely surprise … thank you!  For this week, we have ‘Friends’ as the theme … and my challenge is narrowing down the ideas to just one card (or maybe two if I get the chance)!

Over at CAS-ual Fridays, there’s a ‘Long and Short’ theme this week  … I don’t make that many tall-thin or thin-tall cards, so it was fun to play along.  It’s a busy week with the team too … there’s a new release of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps (fabulous as ever) and there’s a call for some new Girl Fridays for the DT … check it out if you’re ready for a new challenge!

So, onto the card … there’s a quote I found a while ago and have been waiting for the chance to use … and the image just leapt into my head from I-have-no-idea-where-land …

CFC86, LIM103


With a quote like this (done on the computer), the colours just had to be rainbow-y … and the twentytwoapedes seemed to fit the bill for the long thin card.  They’re die cuts, coloured with promarkers, climbing over hand snipped and promarker-coloured grass … at the ends they start off flat against the card and bit by bit they pop up, ending up well popped where their heads meet and their antenna intertwine.  Incidentally, twentytwoapedes are very rare … I’m hoping to have twentytwoapede-lings in the future if these two get really friendly …

Anyway, onwards … last week, courtesy of Ardyth at MASKerade, we joined Darnell and her Mister in celebrating their wedding anniversary.  Ardyth has a link on her blog for us to post cards and also photographs of our own weddings.  I posted a card, but as I’ve never been married, I didn’t have a wedding photo to share.  However, Darnell has asked to see photo’s of our first loves even if they aren’t wedding ones so I scrabbled around and found this … photo

Not strictly a first love (I think I was about seven when that happened!) but a long love.  The picture’s not particularly good quality, but I did what I could to tweak it.  It was at the end of an evening hike, was dark and was taken on a child’s mini polaroid with sticky back film … so there was only so much fixing I could do!

I’ll finish with a couple of things … firstly, I really appreciate all your visits and comments and tips, it’s such a joy to be part of such a brilliant blogworld … thank you!  Secondly, my apologies to those of you without a blog … I’m not able to leave feedback on flickr, splitcoast or other galleries … I do enjoy having a meander around them, just can’t let you know I’ve been, even when you’ve left me a comment …  my apologies … and thank you for understanding.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week … thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion, Die Cuts: Cricut Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge, Colours: Promarkers,  Sentiment: Computer Generated, Quicksand Light Font.

CAS(E) this Sketch #11, Addicted to CAS #4 (Embossing)

There’s a brilliant graphic sketch by Jackie, as well as inspiring examples, at CAS(E) this Sketch this week … and I’ve combined it with this fortnight’s Addicted to CAS where Karen has chosen the theme of Embossing … lovely … texture!

Way back at the end of September when I started to blog (it is a verb as well as a noun isn’t it?), I made a card for a ‘seven circles’ challenge (here).  This CTS sketch has squares rather than circles in it … but if you’ve checked out the original, you’ll be thinking what I did … could the same principles be used and the original card be CASEd.  Well, I tried it and made this …



The circles were die cut, the edges inked and they were then folded to make squares and create a patchwork effect.  Half the base was dry embossed (with a folder made from a plastic base that held a most delicious ice cream ‘buche’ we had at Christmas!) … I wanted raised squares to go with the patchwork and don’t have any folders that aren’t curvy.  Once the sentiment was stamped and heat embossed, I fixed on the patchwork and I was done … card CASEd!

Now for something completely different … I’m delighted that two new friends have joined the  Froggers this week … Kimberley Anne from wienerhoneymooners and Kim from cupcakescardsandkim … welcome ladies!  If you get the chance, do go and have a wander round the Kimberley Anne’s and Kim’s blogs … there’s plenty of inspiration to be had from them both!

I’m about done for the weekend … I’ll be blog travelling tomorrow so will catch up with you then … thanks so much for popping in … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Docrafts,  DP:  Stash,  Stamp: Kaisercraft,  Ink: Versamark,  Embossing Powder: Crafter’s Companion,  Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug, My Own Buche Folder!